Ahwatukee resident Donny Kretschmar has always been a fan of the Rose Parade, which occurs each year during the Rose Bowl, and is ecstatic his daughter, Claire, will have a chance to ride a float in the parade.

Claire, who plays soccer for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), originally got involved with being a finalist by entering a nationwide contest where each contestant was given a photo and asked to write a caption for it.

Kretschmar said it was his daughter’s idea to get involved with the contest, and added that she has played soccer for AYSO for five years.

The family plans on going to the parade to work on building a float, but Kretschmar said it would be a much more enjoyable experience to be able to have their daughter ride on the float.

Being involved with the Rose Parade seems to run in the family due to the fact that when Claire’s mother, Katheline, was her daughter’s age she too was involved with assisting on building floats for the parade.

Along with celebrating the parade, the celebration will be in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the AYSO organization.

“I grew up in Los Angeles and I’ve been to the parade a few times, so it’s a tradition to go to the parade. It would be a tremendous thrill to see not only somebody I knew on the float, let alone my daughter,” Kretschmar said.

“This parade is such a big event, especially in Southern California, and it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her to be chosen to ride the float.”

The Kretschmar family is looking for support from Ahwatukee for votes to be able to win the contest, voting will close tonight by 9 p.m.

Individuals can vote by visiting the Facebook page, http://bit.ly/1b5xzUR.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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